1/48 Hurricane IIc, night intruder, Karl Kuttlewascher
This is my interpretation of Karl Kuttlewascher's Hurricane IIc 'Night Reaper'. Again, it's a night intruder scheme that has been hotly debated for many years, with no definitive answer, most likely a transitional scheme at the time of the Dieppe raid.
Kuttelwascher's Hawker Hurricane IIc was serial number BE581 and carried the code letters "JX-E". It also carried a personal emblem of a yellow scythe with a red banner emblazoned "Night Reaper". Kuttelwascher had the greatest number of successful strikes of any night intruder.
On the night of 1/2 April 1942, Kuttelwascher scored his first victories as a night intruder, shooting down one Junkers Ju 88 fighter-bomber and damaging a second, both near Melun. On the night of 16/17 April, he shot down a Dornier Do 217 bomber near Saint-André-de-l'Eure. His next victories were a Do 217 and a Ju 88, both near Rouen-Boos. On the night of 30 April/1 May, he shot down a Do 217 near Rennes and a Heinkel He 111 bomber off the coast near Dinard. On the night of 4/5 May near St-André, Kuttelwascher shot down three He 111s within four minutes.
A Dornier Do 217 bomber. Between April and July 1942, Kuttelwascher shot down seven Do 217s and damaged another three.
On the night of 2/3 June, Kuttelwascher shot down a Do 217 off Dunkirk. The next night near St-André, he shot down two He 111s and a Do 217 and damaged a second Do 217. On the night of 21/22 June, again near St-André, he shot down an Ju 88 and damaged a second. On the night of 28/29 June 1942 Kuttelwascher shot down a Do 217E-4 of VII/Kampfgeschwader 2 at Trévières in Normandy, killing all the crew. On the night of 1/2 July near Dinard he shot down two Do 217s and damaged a third.
No. 1 Squadron destroyed 21 enemy aircraft in three months. Of these, Kuttelwascher had shot down 15 and damaged another five. For this he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and news media nicknamed him the Czech Night Hawk.
Anyhow, it's Hasegawa Hurricane Mk IIc, with Ultracast's long range tanks, exhaust and seat. Decals are (if I remember correctly) Aeromaster, painted withTamiya acrylics, and weathered with pastels and oils.
Thanks for looking,
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